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was still in power. and obama says, yes, let's do that. and that is not funny at all. but he is the president. [laughter] the next night, my wife susan was sitting over here. where are you? there you are. say hello to my wife, susan. [applause] a k-12 lab schooler. so i went to sleep early and had a television show in the morning. she said would gut, i think they just got osama bin laden. my blackberry was blowing up. my wife turned on the tv. and i realized, as i was watching the president, he knew at the time that we had gone together the day before that that he had ordered this mission. he knew that, if it had gone poorly, not only with lives be lost, but our security would be roiled. but his political career would probably be over. and he was completely calm because he felt he had done the right thing. i hear what our supporters have to say and i appreciate our supporters. but i am very, very proud of this president and what he accomplished under very difficult circumstances over the first four years. [applause] >> you got your start in politics as a 5-year-old kid. >> ye
meeting with president obama. and then nancy pelosi. >> friday morning on washington journal, nina olson will discuss with the impending fiscal clause means for tax filing season. and then sarah kliff discusses medicare payments. jennifer ortman and william rey, demographers. 7:00 eastern on c-span. >> as president of? begins his second term in office, what is the most important issue he should consider for 2013? >> make a short video about your message to the president. >> with your chance to win a grand prize of $5,000. $50,000 and total prizes. for more information, go to studentcam.org. >> harry reid and democratic leaders spoke to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations. it also focused on the senate democratic agenda including hurricane sandy legislation. this is 20 minutes. >> with every passing day, the republicans are calling on john boehner to guarantee tax cuts to the middle class. today, sen. cornyn will be the second ranking republican next congress. they'll call upon john bennett to the reasonable thing. they will have this below sooner or later. those rates go up by
to nominate. you can read the entire reps -- letter on our website. this evening, president obama and john boehner met for 50 minutes for what is being described as a frank conversation on the fiscal cliff. it was the second time and john boehner visited the white house this week. coming up tonight, we will bring you an update on the fiscal cliff negotiations from senate democratic leaders followed by a briefing from john boehner and nancy pelosi. >> he was finishing a press conference down the hall. >> with every passing day, the republicans are calling on john banner to guarantee tax cuts to the middle class. today, sen. cornyn will be the second ranking republican next congress. they'll call upon john bennett to the reasonable thing. they will have this below sooner or later. those rates go up by operational law on dec. 31. luol -- and he said this all, this is true. within three-quarters of the american people including 61% of republicans agree with john corn -- john cornyn that they cannot be held hostage were giveaways to billionaires. he cannot ignore the american people forever. at
republicans that president obama and democrats actually wanted to avoid it. that was the premise that any possible agreement had shown. that was the common goal, or so we thought. over the past couple of weeks it's become increasingly clear to many of us that we were simply wrong about that. incredibly, many top democrats, including the president, seemed perfectly happy -- perfectly happy -- to go off the cliff. that's why the president has been more interested in campaign rallies than actually negotiating a deal. and it explains why the president is now stubbornly insisting on raising tax rates when he himself said just last year that you could raise more revenue from capping deductions and closing loopholes. this isn't about the deficit for them or balance. it's about an ideological campaign that most americans thought would have ended on november 6, and that's also why the president sent secretary geithner up here last week with a proposal so completely ridiculous it wouldn't have passed the house, as i indicated earlier, if nancy pelosi were still speaker. it was more of a provocation
president obama in both of his presidential campaigns as well as during his presidency. he is now the director of the university of chicago institute of politics. he talks with students about his career shortly after the november presidential election. this is an hour and half. >> one of the best things about sitting across from you is that, for all of us who have been part of the institute's staff, we are wondering what you been thinking, with this experience has been like for you over the last year-and-a-half, two years. so tonight, we get to hear for the first time your reaction to the campaign. >> thank you very much. i want to thank the in boyer for the support the university has given the institute politics, including making it possible for us to hire such extraordinary people like steve edwards and been restored and all of the other people -- and ben reeseberg and all the other people. [applause] you have been wondering what i have been doing and i have been wondering what you have been doing. [laughter] >> those who were disappointed by this outcome, the democrats elated b
sarah palin. so went to the front of the airplane to senator obama and senator biden had been newly selected as his running mate. he said i think i am reasonably smart. it took me like six months to figure out how to be a presidential candidate, how to deal with the stop light, how to -- spotlight, how to deal with the national politics. she may be the smartest politician ever and she may be able to come out of alaska to handle all of this. but i will give her three weeks. three weeks, we'll know if this is real. three weeks to the day, she did her interview with katie couric, which effectively ended it for her. i thought they might make -- [laughter] i thought that they might make a conservative choice, someone who had at least a taste of the national stage or, which was more of a consensus in the political committee, that he might take rob portman from ohio because ohio is so important. portman was a guy who is a center-right conservative, who might be more broad. i think barack was surprised by the choice. >> do you think portman could have changed the outcome? >> i don't know.
-- the president of the united states, barack obama, and the speaker of the house, john data. i want to express my appreciation -- and the speaker of the house, john boehner. i want to express my appreciation to my colleagues. i have served in the minority. it is challenging. it is not easy. we are 11 days away from going over the fiscal cliff. we feel strongly about the need of this institution to state its position on this. we heard the majority leader in the united states senate indicate that he does not want to bring up this measure if it passes the house of representatives. the president hu has indicated this bill would not gain his signature. i cannot think anyone is convinced that the bill we are going -- the president has indicated this bill would not gain his signature. i do not think anyone is convinced that the bill we are going to vote on will be passed. we believe mr. bennett has made some bold steps in working -- mr. boehner has made some bold steps in working to make sure we cannot go over the fiscal cliff. -- do not cool over the fiscal cliff. the actions he has taken will be a pos
attack. later that same day, president obama spoke and said it was an act of terror. it was not clear which terrorist were involved and what their motives were and whether this was planned well in advance. i am convinced that my colleagues will adjust this issue. -- address this issue. their focus was on action. you have to remember there were mobs coming over the walls of our embassies. that is what people were focused on. there were initial inaccuracies. it took several days for the intelligence community to conclude definitively >> let me respond to that. >> we have actually run out of time. >> specifically, the report from the cia represents al qaeda. that is specific. it cannot get any more specific than that. >> i am trying to honor other senators. i think we have time. >> i concur with the secretary byrne's comments. as somebody who was in the room during the three days with secretary clinton, our full and complete focus was on saving lives. sitting there with us as she made the calls where men and women were in danger, that is what the focus was. once you do not know who chang
obama. it turned that back. a resounding victory on november 6, on december 6, a sneak attack while during a lame duck session with no public hearings, no committee action, sneak attack. they announced it that morning, thursday morning. the sixth. and by 8:00 p.m. action to pass crush the union laws have passed to -- have passed both houses, house and senate, in michigan. less than 10 hours. it took to bing down 75 years of prosperity for all. now why would anyone want to crush the union and i'm not calling them right-to-work laws because as i told you earlier, there is no right to work. so let's get rid of that misnomer, and let's call it what it is. it's not right to work legislation, it's crush the union legislation. who would want to crush the unions? it certainly wouldn't be the union members themselves. it must be by process of elimination the folks they work for. now in michigan, who do they work for, or who did they work for? they used to work for g.m. and ford and chrysler but due to all of those hefty bonuses and corporate greed that consumed the corporate leaders they wer
with president obama on the so-called fiscal cliff. the president has said he could accept tax increases for households earning $400,000 or more per year. speaker boehner now says he could except tax increases on those earning more than $1 million a year. this briefing is about 10 minutes. >> we hope to reach a balanced approach. but we have offered meets the definition of balance. the president is not there yet. the white house yesterday offered $1.30 trillion in new revenues for only $850 billion in net spending reductions. that is not balanced in my opinion. we will continue to talk with the president and also move to plan b. we all know every income tax filer in america is going to pay a higher rate come january 1 unless congress acts. i believe it is important we protect as many american taxpayers as we can. our plan be -- b will protect american taxpayers to make $1 million or less and have all other current rates extended. i continue to have hope we can reach a broader agreement with the white house that would reduce its spending as well as have revenues on the table. it would be
cliff. i'm sure they don't hold president obama responsible at all for all the investments that were made into renewable energy sources that came out with zero return. no one holds him responsible for that. no matter what we do with the fiscal cliff, these investments are going to continue on and there will be no return on interest. i think we're going over the cliff and i think the markets have predicted it's not going to be as big as everyone thinks it's going to be. thank you for taking my call. >> a tweet does house melt down mean we go over the cliff one member tells me no but the deal that is being pieced together won't be pretty. host: our republican line. caller: i hope this is an indication they are going to dump boehner. they need to go the way rush limbaugh thinks. they negotiate to fight this obama if guy. i think it was stolen by massive voter fraud in the swing states. they totally snub ron paul and lost all those potential votes. that's my opinion and i hope we get rid of boehner. host: if it's not boehner, who would be the leader you would look for the speaker of the
children and our other citizens. president obama has set up a task force, which will be headed by vice president joe biden. he is calling on us to ban military-style assault weapons to ensure that background checks are there for all gun purchases and to make access to mental health services at least as easy as to -- as it is to access guns. i would hope we would not seen the partisanship that we are seeing right now in the so-called fiscal cliff issue and that we will work with our vice president and president to truly memorialize the children that are being laid to rest this week and not have them be martyrs to our inaction. i would love to yield to our congressman from louisiana and i'm sure that he will add a lot to this discussion. i talked about the fact that african american and latino males have high rates of deaths due to gun violence and one report goes back to 2004. i'll yield such time as he might consume to the gentleman from louisiana, representative richmond. mr. richmond: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and commend her on her passion as a physician and someone who ha
in washington. it ended with the reelection of barack obama. if you could think of adjectives, what would they be to describe these seven years? >> interesting. challenging. sometimes totally frustrating. full of opportunities for the country. there were good times during these 12 years, laced together with some that were not so good. 9/11. the anthrax scare. there were also positive things. the election of barack obama i thought was a very positive statement for the country and moving forward in a way out of a fiscal of this. abyss.thi i could not have imagined a better time to have been here with all of the things that have happened. >> let me ask you to look back over those 12 years and ask what the high point was. >> when we could work together. maybe the single event that would and body that is the gang of 14. john mccain and i put together six other democrats and six other republicans to avoid what was then called the nuclear option, changing the rules, turning the senate into a smaller version of the house, where the rights of the minority caucus are ignored. consequently, we were
of their exchange. >> yesterday afternoon, i came to the floor and offered president obama's proposal on the fiscal cliff to show that neither he nor democrats in congress are acting in good faith in these negotiations. with just a few weeks ago before a potentially entirely avoidable blow to the economy, the president proposed a plan the members of his own party will even vote for. he is not interested in a balanced agreement, not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. with the president is really in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first by raising taxes on small businesses who he believes are making too much money, and then on everybody else. not so he can lower the debt or the deficit, but so he can spend to his heart's content. for months, the president has been saying that all he wanted to raise taxes on the top 2% so he can tackle the debt and the deficit. however, yesterday, he finally revealed that that is not really is true intent. by demanding the power to raise the debt l
moments, president obama who also talked about combating the gun violence. you'll hear briefly from house speaker john boehner, followed by house minority leader nancy pelosi. later the comments of the outgoing chairman of the senate budget committee, kent conrad. >> two committees are holding hearings tomorrow on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. the senate foreign relations committee will hear from william burns and others preconceived that live on c-span. mr. vernes will go to the other side of capitol hill to testify about the benghazi report. that is live on c-span3 at 1:00 p.m. eastern. >> if you work for him, you would get a mercurial, sometimes generous, sometimes overbearing, boss.imes almost cruel los he did not know how to apologize. which men of his age and class are not going to apologize to gone private secretary or typist. he had a way of sort of turning the tables and his version of an apology would be to say, actually i am a very kind man and you were doing a very good job today. the issue was never settled. he always had to
boehner said he is waiting on president obama to outline spending cuts. this is a kind of strange thing for the speaker to say. president obama outlined very specific cuts in his proposal to the republicans. republicans have not offered anything specific in cuts whatsoever. of course, nothing specific in revenue whatsoever. all generalizations. the republicans want more spending cuts. tell us what you want. that is what i say to them. we cannot read their minds. we are not going to make a proposal for them. republicans know perfectly well that democrats are willing to make tough choices on these issues, if they understand, which i hoped they do by now, we are going to look out for the middle class first. the only thing standing in the way of an agreement is republicans, their insistence on holding tax cuts for middle- class families hostage to bring on the fiscal cliff. there is a lot of bluster coming from republicans, but that is crumbling quickly. every day, we read about more republicans breaking ranks, calling out the speaker to allow tax rates to rise on the wealthiest. yesterday,
't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. and under this administration, under president obama, we have seen record deficits and a record debt accumulate, and yet he keeps demanding that we raise taxes to pay for more spending. this will only hurt our economy. ernst and young has done an analysis of the president's proposal and said it will cost several hundreds thousands of jobs. there is a better way and the speaker has laid it out. it is an approach that calls for tax reform by reforming the tax code and passing responsible spending cuts in order to get our fiscal house in order. that's what america wants. this is our opportunity to do the big things. this is our moment to provide that leadership that america desperately wants and we stand here ready to take the action necessary. >> the american people are hurting right now and now is the moment where we need to step up to the plate and solve the problem. i don't know how any of us can look our kids and grandkids in the eye and explain to them that we aren't willing to pay for the things we are enjoying today but just going
. in an hour, president obama speaks to ceo's at the business roundtable, followed by news conferences with house speaker john boehner and minority leader nancy pelosi. >> the supreme court will look at what was passed in 2008 by a majority of six-three, i believe, and they will say that is precedent. indiana had a voter i.d. -- >> they decided on the indiana case, it was constitutional for them to establish id they did not say all of that was subsequently -- >> they talked about indiana. you misrepresented what i said. the supreme court is the law of the land. >> when i hear these accusations that black people voter i.d. loss disproportionately affect minorities -- implies to me that somehow we have something missing in our brain. as -- if white americans can get id to vote and go through all the processes to follow the laws, what are you telling black people? that somehow they are not good enough? that is what bothers me about a lot of the rhetoric coming from democrats and the left. we always have to make -- there has to be a special mass when we deal with minorities because they ar
election to settle the matter. i believe president obama's victory on november 6 was very decisive and pretty definitive. during the campaign president obama very clearly laid out his vision and the american people strongly affirmed his position. the president won all but one of the swing states. 62% of the electoral college, and carried the popular vote by more than 4.5 million votes. democrats added to our numbers in the house and senate, and captured the house popular vote by more than a million votes. in february of 2010, president obama began the process to reduce our deficit by establishing the simpson-bowles commission. nce that time, many bipartisan groups have made recommendations on how to reduce th deficit. and they have all been in agreement. you need a balanced deal that requires shared sacrifice from all americans, including the wealthy. in 2011 we began to reduce the deficit, but we did it entirely through spending cuts. over $1.5 trillion and have asked nothing of the most fortunate. in 2012he americapeople spoke. it is time for balance and shired sacrifice, and the
increased as the great recession took place in 2008. we need to turn that around. president obama has made a very solid set of proposals during the course of the campaign, one in which taxes for those whose adjusted gross income for a couple would go over $250,000 of adjusted gross income. income below that would have reductions. and he made proposals to reduce expenditures. those are now being negotiated in a back and forth between speaker boehner and the president. he also made some very important proposals to grow the economy, significant investments in infrastructure, significant investments in research, in education, in the fundamental investments that create ongoing growth in the economy. not sure how this is going to work out. but here on the democratic side of the aisle, we have some principles that we want to lay down. and tonight, we'll discuss those principles. we've done this before. we have talked about medicare and social security. we have talked about laying down the investments. joining me tonight will be my colleagues from around this nation. i want to start with jason alt
with president obama tuesday to discuss the soda ash called fiscal cliff and its impact on states and the economy. -- the so-called fiscal clef. members of the national governors' association spoke to reporters but the white house for about 15 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. i am the chair of the national governors' association, the governor of the telephone, -- of delaware, joined by the governor of oklahoma, the vice chair. and we are also joined by the governors of wisconsin and arkansas. we are three democrats and three republicans. we just had what i would say it was a very good meeting with the president. the issues we face as governors and states are considered as part of the discussions going on in washington. the president was very open. we talked about some of the issues we focus on as governors, one of those same opportunities for flexibility, in terms of some of the programs we partner with the federal government. he was open to that as well. and there is an impact not just from the fiscal issues, but the issues in terms of how the discussions here will impact the economy's back
that president obama won reelection. i congratulate him on his victory. on january 20, he will face a a fiscal economy and and i mess. you might say he will inherit these problems. [laughter] [applause] he his second term, i hope t will offer fresh ideas. failure will mean for more years of -- four more years we have work to do. -- four more years. we have work to do. serious solutions for serious reforms, we thank him for doing that. [applause] the election did not go our way. the republican party cannot make excuses. we cannot have the next four years on the sidelines. we need to apply our timeless principles to the challenges of the day. our party excels at representing that part of the american idea that speaks to the aspirations of our nation's risk-takers. we celebrate that part involves finding a passion and making a living from it. there is another part of the american creed. when our neighbors are struggling, we look out for one another. we take care of those who are suffering in the midst of our families come alive, and communities. we do that best to our families, communities, and o
that obama care is going to raise prices. look at the projection of cost to the senior, trillions of $s that they will pay in the open marketplace, but more importantly, how many of the poor senior, not having the money to go into the open marketplace will drop dead? i'm being colorful because in terms of your lifestyle, some people struggle to get to 65. and it makes no sense that they should be on the altar of sacrifice, i'm passionate about this because i don't understand why we jump sod far. and i say, members, let's be deliberative. you cannot delow it out and say that's what we're going to do when you don't know the numbers. you don't know the ultimate results. you have not done an analysis on what seniors of this age, what are their particular work histories, maybe we have -- maybe 40 years, no let me go 20 years from now, we'll have all white collar seniors. i don't know what we have now. and therefore i can't judge that 65 for one person is 65 for everybody. let me say this to my good friends that are here. let's take off raising the medicare age off the table. off the table. i
and must not advocate his or her responsibility. president obama has the responsibility to propose a real bipartisan plan to avert the fiscal cliff that can pass both the house and the senate. withdrawing from the recommendations of the simpson-bowles commission, the president could propose a plan that would not only avert the so-called fiscal cliff, but also help us avert the fiscal abyss. if president obama were to offer such a plan, republicans would act favorably. going over the cliff is unnecessary. as it has been observed in "the wall street journal," the president is boxing in the republicans. he is offering them a deal they cannot accept. first, the president has repeatedly called for a balanced solution involving both revenue and less spending. what is obvious to the most casual observer is that this plan is not a balanced. the fiscal cliff involves nearly four dollars of anticipated revenue from higher taxes for every dollar of spending cuts, yet the president wants more revenue and fewer spending cuts. if we fell off the cliff, his plan calls for another round of stimulus spend
obama and speaker boehner do not know either. it is a huge possible fiscal shock. it would be one of the biggest negative fiscal shocks we have had since world war ii. the only thing that is comparable is when we had in vietnam surtax applied after military spending was already falling. falling office cliff would mean a recession. i think it could be much worse than cbo implies. 1, the economy is very fragile right now and vulnerable to a secondly, i think it has a horrible psychological impact on the business community and consumers who would totally lose confidence in our ability to govern. i agree with david that what we need right now is a downpayment, making some progress. one that probably involves the tax and spending side. and the pledge to do much more later. the important thing to know about the proposals on the street right now is that you can accept everything in the president's proposal for everything in speaker boehner's proposal and he would not solve the budget problems in the longer run. in my judgment, you need about twice what they have put on the table. i'm ver
as chairman. president obama did not weigh in on the issue but he did win re-election. if the president were to call you and say, "your country needs your continued stewardship at the federal reserve. we need you to stay and finish the job, see this through." would you consider it? would you do it? have you had any conversations to that effect with the president or with his team? >> no, i have not had any conversations. i think the president has quite a few issues he has to be thinking about. from my own perspective, i really don't have anything to add from the last press conference. i am very much engaged in this difficult issue that we are discussing today and i have not been spending time thinking about my own future and i don't have anything to add there. >> two questions. one. having to do with the cpi's about chain cpi as an economist at. economist. is there a logic in going through that? and again, with the labor market, you talked about the importance of the broader conditions. a big debate talks about people being beamed to mars. market? are we creating jobs? what is your sense of h
or to do the least. president obama made a very powerful and compelling speech on sunday night. much of that speech could be made about the israeli-palestinian conflict. we know the price. we know what is at stake. it is a question of political will. do we have that political will? it will not be easy. there is a difference today from when the last great effort was made in the waning days of the clinton administration. at least we know where we want to go. it helps the lot if you know what the destination is. >> it is not an issue i really want to say an awful lot about. i think bruce and i disagree a little bit on the role that the israeli-palestinian conflict plays in motivating violent extremists in many disparate parts of the world. there is no question that the narrative makes good use of this conflict as an example of western domination, colonialism and the like. if you look in yemen and north africa and southeast asia where people have strong feelings about the conflict, still, you would find, if you had enough social sciences, that that was not what was attracting people to t
. he affectively called for a general election. he did not contest it. it was much worse than obama's first debate. he appeared before them and was like "don't vote for me." he lost that election. he did not have to call for that election. he called for it to lose it, to stay at home. he has not spoken since. he is having a nice holiday. and then there was papandreou. i was an advisor up until 2006. so i am not to blame. who unfortunately, he did not see the crisis of the eurozone collapsing. the eurozone had no foundation. there was an earthquake. it starts unraveling with greece. and let's say between 1995 2008 god and his angels descended on an athens and ran the show. with rationality, omniscience, ethos, and morality. greece would not have been the first domino to fall. but it would have been the third. grace would have fallen after ireland or possibly after portugal. it was never designed to sustain a crisis like 2008. we were doomed. finally, the united states that we know today is the result of the crisis of the 19th century and the early 20th century. 1 very preciously saw
window. president obama's does. if we have done nothing on the entitlements, and that is worse than doing $4 trillion and having some systemic reform kicking in over the next few decades, so i think it is important. when we say stabilizing the debt, we need stabilizing it, not just for a few years and then having demographics again, ideally putting it on a path towards -- >> if you look at the president's plan, it does not meet my standard. he has not gone far enough. i agree. he has fallen short on spending. he has got it on revenue or pretty close. he has got three more to get the trajectories stable moving south as we go into the second tenures. -- tenures of the long term horizon. >> all or ones, i can think it is just way too much for any realistic expectation, and, absolutely, they should adjust these issues. they should experiment. i would hate to have the economy right now, the economy over the next 5 to 10 years, held hostage because they cannot agree on what help reforms are going to -- on what health reforms they are going to happen 20 years from now. >> i want to get the senat
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